The University Senate consists of University admin, faculty and elected student leaders. Senate is responsible for all issues relating to academic quality, including the granting of degrees, setting program requirements and approving academic regulations. These candidates are running to represent their faculty and all undergrads in an at-large position on Senate to be part of decisions that matter to undergrads, like Fall Reading Break and program requirements.

More information on the responsibilities of Senate can be found on the University Waterloo’s Secretariat website Opens an external site  

Environment Candidates:

There is one Environment undergrad Senate seat for a two-year term (May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2022), and five candidates running. Environment undergrads will have the opportunity to choose their representation on Senate by ranking the following candidates on voting days (Mar 5-7):

Michelle Angkasa

By-election Environment senate candidate Michelle AngkasaTeam Name: Team Reduse, Reuse, R-please vote for me
Program: Environment and Business
Current year of study: 1B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Events Lead at Sustainable Campus Initiative
  • Cofounder and Contributing Writer at the UW Radicle (the Faculty's student-run paperless paper)
  • VP of Projects at the Waterloo Environment and Business Society
  • Peer Volunteer at RAISE (Racial Advocacy, Inclusivity, Solidarity, and Equity)
  • Former Floor Representative on the University of Waterloo Place Residence Council
  • Member of UW Young Greens and UWCLEC

Top three platform points:

  1. I'll work with Fossil Free UW to put pressure on WESEF and the Faculty to divest out of fossil fuels.
  2. I'll be an advocate of the ENV community by promoting Faculty clubs and the ESS.
  3. I'll push for more student programming about careers and co-op opportunities in environmental fields.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:
I've summarized my main platform points, but apart from that, my only goal is to represent YOU! I'm so proud to be a part of the amazing Environment Faculty, and I'll work tirelessly to represent your interests at the Senate meetings. I bring a host of different community experiences, as well as creativity, dedication, and ambition to the table. I would be honoured to be your fearless advocate!

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Trisa Johnson

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Lawrence Li

Program: Geography and Environmental Management
Current year of study: 4A

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Feds Orientation leader and coordinator 2016-2018
  • Environment Student Society (ESS) Social Director
  • VP Operations Student Ambassador at Faculty of Environment

Top three platform points:

  1. More introduction level course for students to understand the subjects
  2. Alternative course outline for students with accessibility concerns
  3. More flexibility addressed on accommodations with students in mild accessibility conditions

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:
Everything will be the same if you don't vote. However, if you vote for me, I will be able to make an impact on academic policies on you and future students.

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Emma Schuster

By-election environment senate candidate Emma SchusterProgram: Environment, Resources, and Sustainability
Current year of study: 1B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Glow Center: Front Desk Volunteer and Peer Support
  • Occasional Contributor for the UW Radicle
  • Let Us Speak Participant

Top three platform points:

  1. Analyze the funding structure of campus mental health supports to reduce its cyclical nature
  2. Divest from fossil fuel subsidies
  3. Evaluate academic advisors and TAs in a similar manner to professors

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:
I have experience advocating on behalf of students and working in both political and administrative environments. As a Student Trustee, I represented 16 000 students and their interests at the school board table. I will be able to jump right in and begin working for you right away. I know how to navigate policy, procedure, and meetings: you know I will be able to get things done.

​I am passionate, experienced, and driven. I want to work for you.

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Haidar Shah

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